I recently came across a violin you don't typically find in North America. A Yamaha V-30.
I know that presently there are a lot of inexpensive & higher end Yamaha violins on the market and I know their nomenclature well, but I had never encountered a violin called V-30 ( the v20g which retails at about 2000$ was the highest end violin from Yamaha I had ever tried). I shot off an email to Yamaha and got an interesting piece of background on these.
In 2000, Yamaha decided, after a 10 year pilot research project and preparation, to release a higher end (and their first) violin series. The Braviol V-30 & V-60. The violins would retail from about 3000 - 6000$ and would feature authentically aged wood, high end appointments, and curiously enough, be based off a Guarneri that Yamaha had spent months analyzing acoustically and physically in their labs. The objective was to dominate the intermediate & advanced pro-player market.
The violins unfortunately were a flop, although they were all handmade, wood selection was premier, beautiful oil varnishes, nice purfling, well carved scrolls and a fantastic flame back on all their instruments, the fact that you could get a decent luthier made violin with a probable appreciation for around that price made the Yamahas a complete miss.
It is rumored that with the money spent developing the Braviol series, Yamaha could have easily bought a few Guarneris of their own.
Despite all that, here it is, my v30 bought locally for a great deal, easily the best violin I have ever played
Restrung it and messed around with the sound post a bit, it's getting perfection pegs and a bit of fine tuning this week !
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